Classic Book Review: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

From Goodreads:

One of the most celebrated and popular historical romances ever written. The Three Musketeers tell the story of the early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman d’Artagnan and his three friends from the regiment of the King’s Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

Under the watchful eye of their patron M. de Treville, the four defend the honour of the regiment against the guards of the Cardinal Richelieu and the honor of the queen against the machinations of the Cardinal himself as the power struggles of 17th-century France are vividly played out in the background.

But their most dangerous encounter is with the Cardinal’s spy: Milady, one of literature’s most memorable female villains.

My thoughts on this book run all over the place. I loved the humor. I didn’t like some of the inevitable slow sections. Every long book has those sections where you want to just put it down.

My main thought was how the title is a bit misleading. This book is about d’Artagnan and the intrigues that come after he arrives to Paris. We do learn about Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. They are a huge chunk of the book, but they defer to d’Artagnan most of the time as the smart one.

My second thought was the complete acceptance of infidelity. It made the time period seem like one long orgy. Goodness. I sound like an old lady, but seriously. It was a bit ridiculous.

One last thought. What do the Musketeers do other than drink, whore, and live off other people? There is evidence of one military battle, but there’s no talk of them ever being around the king, and there was lots of talk about them being short of fund. Slightly perplexing.

Milady is an evil woman and I loved it and hated her. It was wonderful.

I read this book as part of the Back to the Classics Challenge for 2016. It was also a pleasure to read this book.